Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Rock Hall 2018: Bon Jovi, Howard Stern walk the red carpet

Rock Hall 2018: Bon Jovi, Howard Stern walk the red carpet Rock Hall 2018: Bon Jovi, Howard Stern walk the red carpet
Stacy Diaz | 15 April, 2018, 13:47

As part of his sustained riffing on Wenner's alleged refusal to allow Bon Jovi into the Hall for so many years, Stern compared the group's career record sales numbers to the human cost of various historical tragedies.

Founded in London while punk music was exploding, Dire Straits created a unique sound and had a string of radio hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including "Sultans Of Swing" and "Money For Nothing", a song that captured how MTV re-shaped the music industry.

The Democratic governor hailed the "five musicians from New Jersey communities (who) believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time".

Of course, it had to be Bon Jovi.

During a 20-minute speech, Jon Bon Jovi recounted the band's rise to superstardom from basements to sold-out arenas.

The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66. He even sang some of "Wanted Dead or Alive", getting the audience to join in.

WKYC will bring you full coverage from Saturday's festivities in Cleveland, starting with the red carpet walk at Public Hall.

Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013 and Such in 1994.

The band - Jon Bon Jovi, Hugh McDonald, David Bryan, and Tico Torres along with former members Alec John Such and Richie Sambora - hit the red carpet with their families as they arrived at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday (April 14) in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Rock Hall induction was expected to include all the original members of the band, including guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist (and Tony Award victor David Bryan), and drummer Tico Torres.

Soul legend Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the gospel inspiration for early rockers, both of whom were posthumously inducted, and British rockers Dire Straits rounded out the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands.